One of the most rewarding things I got to do last year was to help educate the VMware community on the value and the workings of the OpenStack cloud platform.  As well, I had the opportunity to educate the OpenStack community on how VMware has been integrating their technologies into the OpenStack platform.  Along […]

It was nearly a year ago (April 29, 2013 to be exact) that I joined Rackspace as a Cloud Architect in their Private Cloud business unit.  And it has been one of the best years of my life, career-wise, as I got to work with some great people, to learn a disruptive technology called OpenStack, […]

The general availability of Icehouse, the ninth release of the OpenStack Cloud platform, is only a few months away.  Shortly after that will be the convening of the biannual OpenStack Summit in May, which will be held in Atlanta, GA.  This will be my second Summit and my first ever on U.S. soil.  At the […]

This is part 3 (sort of) in a series that I’ve been writing about the OpenStack Cinder block storage service.  If you have not already done so, I encourage you to at least read my part 1 post on the basics of Cinder; you may also want to read part 2 if you are interested […]

Introduction The topic of how OpenStack should relate to Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been a source of furious debate in the OpenStack community, with some advocating direct mano-a-mano competition and others pushing for capitulation and finding a way to work with AWS in some manner.  Others in the community want to explore a middle […]

Introduction Recently, my colleague, Cody Bunch (he’s one presenting in bare feet), and I had the privilege of giving a keynote at the New England Virtualization Technology User Group (NE VTUG) Winter Warmer.  There, we were able to address a room of VMware administrators and architects who were interested in learning about OpenStack.  The keynote […]

Introduction Recently, my Rackspace colleague, Cody Bunch, and I had the opportunity to sit with Dave Vellante, from Wikibon, to discuss OpenStack in the Enterprise.  During the interview, Dave asked about the readiness of OpenStack for production deployment; we answered in the affirmative but also took time to draw the distinction between OpenStack as an […]


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